Thursday, January 31, 2008

Let Sleeping Tigers Lie

Wanna rub my belly for luck??

You didn't need to clean the sink just for me!

Don't worry, I'll keep watch from up here.

Thanks for the snuggly blanket!

Please, no more photos. I must rest.....

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

And Yet Another Meme

Here's the deal:

1. Go to the current book you're reading.
2. Go to Page 161.
3. Copy down the 5th sentence.

"We'll never have a baby of our own," he said softly.

YIKES! Well doesn't THAT sound depressing! I'm reading Back on Blossom Street by Debbie Macomber and if you've ever read the series, that was the main character's husband comforting her abt not having kids. Despite the negative undertones, it really is a good book. She's such a great story teller and her books really come alive for me.

Another good series that I've been reading is by Maggie Sefton. She has a knitting mystery series that is really good. The first one was *okay*, but I really enjoyed the rest of them. So far there are four of them and I can't wait for the next one to come out.

Still not getting much done. I called the dr yesterday and they called in an antibiotic because they are so backlogged, they can't see me. Hopefully these meds will work with the rest that I'm taking and will kick this bug out of me. I have been working on a vest for CIC and want to do one more before I send it off. And the ever present #1 Son sock......I really should be done with it by now, but I'm SO sick of looking at it. And I really want to start another pair for me. I am LOVING my Lorna's Laces, they are so comfortable and fit so well, I want another pair just like them.

At least when I'm in bed, I've got my boys to keep be company.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

B is for


Baby Girl loves her ballet class. Would go every day if she could.


How many of you can say you have a boat dry docked in your backyard?!? The IO bought it 7 years ago so that he could take us sailing. I didn't realize he was coming home with a dingy and refused to let #1 Son or myself on it. It has lived in our backyard ever since doing odd jobs to earn its keep. It's been a pool, a planter and a birdfeeder. Now it's buried in the corner of the backyard waiting to become a water feature.

Banana Muffins

Had to add these since we make them so often. They are one of the easiest things to make. I had been looking for a good banana bread recipe and they all just seemed too dense for me. Found the recipe on NickJr and we've used it ever since.


During one of the IO's maladies, the Drs scanned his brain to make sure he didn't spring a leak. He didn't and now he proudly shows off this picture that yes indeed he DOES have a brain!

There you have it. My Bs for the ABC A Long. Letter 2 and I'm still excited abt it!

MMMMMMMMM Muffins.....

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Saturday Meme

Boy I'm out of commission for a short period of time and everybody decides to get chatty on their blogs!! I've missed some memes so I am going to try and get caught up.

First up here is your local sky and temp

Janet tagged me for 7 random things. While I just recently posted some somewhere (too tired to search for it) I will still play.

1. I will never post 100 things abt me so that I can participate in these 7 random thingies.
2. I still don't completely get Ravelry.
3. Because of this I have yet to sign up.
4. When I think about signing up and see there are THOUSANDS of people ahead of me, I leave the site.
5. I'm also afraid to join because from what I can tell, it sucks up more time than a black hole.
6. I already spend more time on the computer than I should.
7. I'm always amazed at friends who can let days go by w/o checking their emails or looking something up on line.

Dee has presented me with the *Make My Day* award!
BTW am I the only one that thinks of Dirty Harry when I hear this line?!? Anyway thank you so much Dee for this honor. I'm sending it right back atcha!
As far as tagging others, that's a hard one. There are many that make my day, but I'll try to list a few.
There are more, but this will get you started if you are looking for new blogs to read!

Susie has listed the top 100 films of all time, bolding out the ones she has seen. Here is my list. I have bolded the films that I have seen in its entirety or even partially. Some movies may have been great during their time, but now they are a bit hard to get thru.

1. Citizen Kane (1941)
2. The Godfather
3. Casablanca (1942)
4. Raging Bull (1980)
5. Singin’ in the Rain (1952)
6. Gone with the Wind (1939)
7. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
8. Schindler’s List (1993)
9. Vertigo (1958)
10. The Wizard of Oz (1939)

11. City Lights (1931)
12. The Searchers (1956)
13. Star Wars (1977)
14. Psycho (1960)

15. Sunset Blvd. (1950)
16. 2001 : A Space Odyssey (1968)
17. The Graduate (1967)
18. The General (1927)
19. On the Waterfront (1954)
20. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
21. Chinatown (1974)
22. Some Like It Hot (1959)
23. The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
24. E.T. The Extraterrestrial (1982)
25. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
26. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
27. High Noon (1952)
28. All About Eve (1950)
29. Double Indemnity (1944)
30. Apocalypse Now (1979)
31. The Maltese Falcon (1941)
32. The Godfather Part II (1974)
33. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)
34. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
35. Annie Hall (1977)

36. The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
37. The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
38. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
39. Dr. Strangelove (1964)
40. The Sound of Music (1965)
41. King Kong (1933)
42. Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
43. Midnight Cowboy (1969)
44. The Philadelphia Story (1940)
45. Shane (1953)
46. It Happened One Night (1934)
47.A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
48. Rear Window (1954)
49. Intolerance (1916)
50. Lord of the Rings : The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
51. West Side Story (1961)
52. Taxi Driver (1976)
53. Deer Hunter, The (1978)
54. M*A*S*H (1970)
55. North by Northwest (1959)
56. Jaws (1975)

57. Rocky (1976)
58. The Gold Rush (1925)
59. Nashville (1975)
60. Duck Soup (1933)
61. Sullivan’s Travels (1941)
62. American Graffiti (1973)
63. Cabaret (1972)
64. Network (1976)

65. The African Queen (1951)
66. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
67. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)
68. Unforgiven (1992)
69. Tootsie (1982)
70. A Clockwork Orange (1971)
71. Saving Private Ryan (1998)
72. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
73. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
74. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
75. In the Heat of the Night (1967)
76. Forrest Gump (1994)
77. All the President’s Men (1976)

78. Modern Times (1936)
79. The Wild Bunch (1969)
80. The Apartment (1960)
81. Spartacus (1960)
82. Sunrise (1927)
83. Titanic (1997)
84. Easy Rider (1969)
85. A Night at the Opera (1935)
86. Platoon (1986)
87. 12 Angry Men (1957)
88. Bringing Up Baby (1938)

89. The Sixth Sense (1999)
90. Swing Time (1936)
91. Sophie’s Choice (1982)
92. Goodfellas (1990)
93. The French Connection (1971)
94. Pulp Fiction (1994)
95. The Last Picture Show (1971)
96. Do the Right Thing (1989)
97. Blade Runner (1982)
98. Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)
99. Toy Story (1995)
100. Ben-Hur (1959)

I'm not sure who compiled this list, but not one of them is a movie by John Hughes. West Side Story wasn't on it either. Or Grease. Just goes to show you how subjective these lists really can be.

As far as tagging others, if you want to play, you are tagged!

Tomorrow I will post my B picture. Now it's time for me to go back to bed and watch a movie. Most likely one by John Hughes.

Friday, January 25, 2008

Living in a Fog

I hate being sick. I guess that's an obvious point, but I really do. I was feeling lousy last week and figured I'd be fine by now. Ha! I took Baby Girl to ballet yesterday and had to come straight home because I thought I was going to pass out. I was scheduled to volunteer for a fund raiser today but I passed on that as well. If I don't feel better by Monday I'll call the doctor. I just remember last year when I got sick like this and had a reaction to the meds so I'm a bit skittish to try another med.

With all this lazing around the house, you'd think I'd be getting projects done as well. Nope. I've been laying on the couch during the day and when the rugrats get home, I'm crashing in the bedroom. I've done *some* knitting, but not enough to show. I may pull out a different cross stitch to work on. I want to get the snowman finished, but the glasses give me a headache after awhile. I may pull out the Seasonal Spring, give it 1/2 a chance to be done by the appropriate season.

Why don't you get off the computer and join me for a nap?

Great idea, Princess. Great idea......

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Saturday Stuff

Is it Saturday already? Boy time flies when you're sick. Baby Girl and #1 Son were both sick last wknd. They are much better, but now I'm sick, and the IO is heading that way as well.

Just because I was sick didn't mean I didn't meet up with my stitching group on Thursday. I was very loopy but I still made some progress on my snowman.

The tree is finished and the snowman is just getting started. This project really isnt that hard, but the small, dark fabric is killing me. The reading glasses give me a headache after abt an hour of stitching so I need to switch off to something else.

Being sick has left me with little energy to do much, but knit (my silver lining!). I've been able to finish off the sweater for Samuel.

I've got it drying on the washing machine and I'm hoping to mail it out on Tuesday. I'm not completely thrilled with the fish, but it could be worse. And my seaming is getting better.

Speaking of seaming, I'm trying to finish off #1 Son's vest.

The border is a ribbing that should have been added while the sweater was being knit. I'm not picking up stitches along the edge, I'm using the stitches that were left over after the ribbing was finished and I need to add yet another seam to this vest. The shoulders are done and I'm 1/2 way done with the ribbing on one side. I need to add the ribbing to the other side and then add ribbing to finish off the arms. Not much, but it's taking more time than anticipated. I'm still hoping it will be ready for tomorrow.

And finally, here is my sky.

With the bad weather a lot of the US is experiencing, I almost don't want to post the temps.

We've got a cold front coming thru tonight which means we'll have a high tomorrow of only 58. Remember, this is COLD for us here. And honestly, I don't know how some of you handle the cold you get. I'm the first to admit, I'm a wuss when it comes to the cold. I'm a wuss when it comes to the heat as well. Can't stand either extremes. Just make sure you all stay warm.

Another reason to have stash, it insulates the house.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Third Times a Charm?

Let's hope so because I won't be knitting them up again!

What am I talking abt?? #1 Son's socks. I've had to rip them out yet again because they've been too small. I first cast on back in 2006, finished one and had him try it on. It was too small. Since another pair was given to Baby Girl for this exact reason, I knew I had to rip it out and start again.

Fast forward to September 2007. I cast on again, this time with size 1 needles and I followed a pattern for a basic woman's sock. I decided to work both at the same time so that they would end up fitting him when I was done. I last showed my progress HERE. I was even a bit further along on the foot for one of them. I had him try it on to make sure. Yep, too tight.

The boy does NOT have a big foot, but he has duck feet. Starts out with a regular sized heel, but then as the foot widens, it never tapers back in for the toes. I had him try on my Lorna's Laces (my faves) and he LOVED them. They were a bit long in the toes, but they were perfect everywhere else. He wanted to know if I could cut the toes out and knit them up to fit him. HA!

So I cast on once again.

This time I'm using size 2dpns and cast on 56 sts, like I would for me. I think the yarn is gonna be a bit thin at this gauge, but honestly, I dont care. By the time he wears them out, he'll have outgrown them anyway. He just loves the colors in the yarn so much, which is why I keep going. I prefer the size 2 to the size 1s, so right off the bat I'm enjoying it more. Makes it more promising that it will be finished soon. He also asked me abt his vest......I just need to seam it up. I want to make that a priority for Saturday so that he can wear it on Sunday when the highs will be 61.

I will be stitching on my snowman tomorrow since I'm meeting the girls for our monthly stitch day. I'll be posting an updated picture of him either tomorrow night or Friday.

Excuse me, tomorrow is Thursday. Thursday is all abt the cats, NOT the snowmen.

Monday, January 14, 2008


Ever since I seamed up those 2 recieving blankets for my SIL, I've been itching to sew. Now you gotta know something abt me. I'm not very good, and it takes me forever. I can do BASIC things. Like receiving blankets. Or quilts with squares or rectangles. I've even made some sleep pants and an A-line dress for Baby Girl, but that's it. I can't gather fabric. Don't make me sew triangles. I'm not too sure abt sleeves. When I worked at JoAnn's for a bit, I got inundated with LOTS of sewing ideas for the kids and the house. Plus you see all the fabric on sale. You get first dibs on those remnants. AND you get a 15% discount (more around the holidays). Needless to say, this is when my fabric stash hit an all time high.

I've been weeding thru it and put aside some fabric that I have specific ideas abt. I know I posted a pic of it awhile back, but I can't find it. Anyway yesterday was going to be my sewing day. I pulled out my BOM quilt and I was planning on sewing up some sleep pants for the kids.

I decided to really clean my sewing machine, get rid of all the fuzzies, change the needle and oil it.

It took me longer than I expected, but CHECK.

Then I pulled out the BLock of the Month quilt block for January. Triangles. Uh oh.

After two hours of sewing, ripping, sewing some more and then ripping some more, I got this.

Not great, but I can deal with it. I'm not too sure how I'm going to enjoy this quilt, but I'm going to make it work. See, all the pieces are cut out for you, all you have to do is sew them together. With an EXACT 1/4" seam allowance. Well my sewing machine is off by a centimeter or two. Not much, but when you are dealing with a bunch of pieces, it can matter. When I cut fabric myself, I usually cut a couple of centimeters extra which makes up for the sewing machine. My finished block measures 12". It's supposed to be 12.5". Again, not much, but when I sew the finished quilt together, it will have an effect on it.

The next block has even MORE pieces and MORE triangles. Let's see how small I can get THAT one to be.....

After all that, I was going to put the fabric away, but I decided to at least organize my piles; sleep pants in this pile, night shirts in that one. Dresses over here. As I started looking at my pattern I'm realizing that a lot of them Baby Girl has outgrown. And a lot of the fabric *might* not be enough to make the pants long enough.

This is why I don't sew that often, it's more of a frustration for me than an enjoyment. But I'm also stubborn and I WILL continue.

At another time.

After dinner I picked up the needles and worked on Sam's sweater. I only have 2" left of the sleeves and then it's done. I need to plan a day of finishing. I still have #1 Son's vest to finish and now this sweater. It won't take long, I just need to do it.

I have no pictures of the knitting, but here is a picture of the fabric used for the receiving blankets.

I forgot to take a picture of the finished product, but here is the fabric. I didn't realize there were bunnies in both blankets, so I ended up with a theme. The cream colored fabric is SO soft. So is the pink one. I had other fabrics pulled out, but Baby Girl decided that I needed to do something for her with them instead.

Let's hope there's enough fabric, or we're going to end up with patchwork pants....

Sunday, January 13, 2008

We Made It!!!

I've been reading Stuff On My Cat for some time now and finally decided to send in a picture. It was some time ago and while browsing the site this AM, I saw Princess!!! WE MADE IT!!!!

The guy who posted didn't get it even though I sent in an explanation (it was a diorama that the kids made and Princess went inside it. She is Queen of the Universe!) and the majority of comments are from 4 people talking to each other, but I dont care!! WE MADE IT!!!!!!

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Saturday sky

It's amazing how a week back to "normal" can wipe you out after having 3 weeks of time off. It's not even 7:30pm yet and I'm ready to fall asleep. The IO is already there. Once I get the kids to bed I'll be going, too. I'm just too wiped out. We are such party animals here at Happy Acres.

It's been a pretty laid back kind of day; blueberry bread was made for breakfast, dinner was done at 4pm(the early bird special tonight was stewed chicken, rice, corn and a salad). In between K-P duty, yarn and needles were played with.

I pulled out Samuel's sweater to work on the sleeves.

I took this picture before I started and am now 6 inches into it.

The sleeves to Samuel's sweater involve strategically placed increases, which means I have to pay attention and I have no brain for that at night, so I cast on for another sweater, this one for CIC. The current challenge is to knit up sweaters and vests in sizes 2 and 4. I pulled out some wool and cast on. It's not going as fast as I'd like, but I'm knitting it in the round up until the arm holes so once I hit the sleeves, I'll be almost done.

It's chunky weight yarn so it will be nice and thick and warm for some small child. The challenge is until March 31st, so I might get a vest done as well.

And here is my Saturday Sky.

No temp pics today, it was in the 70s for all those curious.

Since I've been really consistent about posting for Saturday Sky, and since I really enjoyed Project Spectrum in the past, I decided to join a KAL that sort of combines both.

The ABC Along takes the alphabet and breaks it up throughout the year. You get two weeks to post a picture of something that symbolizes that letter in any fashion you want. Right now the letter A is being featured. The flickr site (I'd link it, but flickr just told me it was getting a massage so I'll have to link it later) shows pictures of *action* or *activity*, families doing fun winter stuff. Or alpaca (both yarn and animal). There was even an apple tree.

I've been trying to come up with something different and unusual, but I couldn't think of anything, so my plan was this......

A is for Architecture

This is one of the buildings we saw while we were walking in Savannah.

A few of you mentioned how you enjoyed looking at my pictures from Savannah so I thought one more would be nice.

And it is, but then the IO came up with an even better one.

A is for Airplane Food

This is PART of a meal served on Qantas on a 13hr flight from Melbourne to Los Angeles. Go here and click on Qantas to see the MENU you get when you fly first class.

This is a *meal* from JetBlue on a flight from Long Beach to Oakland, CA. The flight is only an hour long, but apparently the guy flirted with the flight attendants and they showered him with snacks! On a 6 hour flight you get pretzels and cheese in a nicer container and a small package of Oreos.

Obviously it pays to fly first class.

As you can see, I plan on having fun with this one, and it's turning into a family affair! Stay tuned for interesting representations of letters, esp when the IO is involved!

Thursday, January 10, 2008

The Cat House

I am a cat person. My family has always owned cats and it has carried on thru me. We did own 2 dogs, but for the most part we owned cats. Ok maybe they owned us, but you get the point. I made a list of the cats my family has owned in my life time and it's amazing how many we have had over the years. Two dogs and 23 cats, 8 of which are still around. Ten of those have been mine since 1986.

Currently we have 5 under our roof. Of those five, four of them are around a year old, so apparently I'm passing on the feline trait of being owned by a cat to my kids.

January is a big kitty month at Happy Acres since this is when we acquired 3 of our 5 kitties. And its also the month one has a birthday. And my how they've grown! (or aged, depending on the kitty).

See this little kitten waving at you?

He turns 18 in less than 3 weeks.

Now why'd you have to go and remind me of that?!?

Two years ago we went thru a rough time when we lost 3 kitties. So last January we went to the shelter to get 2 more.


and Tiger

They were itty bitties

but a lot can change in a year.

Five days after we got the two new kittens, Lucy decided to join our family.

You know you want me!

See, I haven't aged a bit!

Apparently four cats isnt enough so one more joined our family.

I'd chew up that mouse now!!

They say every life should have 9 cats. The way I'm going it looks like I will have 9 lives myself to accomodate all the kitties in my life.

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Random Wednesday

I've been spending the day on and off trying to get caught up on my blog reading and one thing that has definitely caught my attention is how many people have joined KALs that will either keep them from buying new yarn or make them use up what they have. Some have decided that they will be blogging everyday.

Obviously the majority of people will buy more yarn and let WIPs become UFOs, and I really doubt people will be able to blog every day for a year (a month is one thing, but a year?!?), but for the time being, its funny to watch people be so hopeful. There will be a few KALs that I will be watching that will reduce stash, but I know better than to join. I don't do well with those kinds of KALs, and its like setting myself up to fail. Who wants to do that?!?

Meanwhile for those of you who DID join those KALs to reduce stash and UFOs and plan on blogging every day for a year, I WILL be watching!


During my surfing, I'm coming across some really funny websites. Stringativity has brought up a new security issue for the secret service to watch out for!! This just cracked me up!! What Obama must have thought and what the secret service must have thought after it happened!!

I also find it interesting that The Wall Street Journal would find the place for a knitting related article.

The one that got me laughing out loud?? These gauchos!! I found this link courtesy of Janet's blog.


Apparently I'm starting a collection of nuclear power plants that we pass by during our travels. This is one we saw on our way to Savannah, around Jacksonville.

To see my other one, go here.


Come back tomorrow to see Kitty Thursday. It will apparently be another post filled with anything other than knitting. I'm at a point where I have to *think* on 2 of my projects and another one needs a clean, kitty free lap so the only thing that's getting worked on is my kitty blankie. Oh, and my snowman. Updates should be coming soon.


Last but not least........

Congratulations to one Terrific Kid!!!

Monday, January 07, 2008

Vacation Fun

Since the IO and I had yet ANOTHER anniversary (22 years this go around), the in-laws stayed at the house while we went away for the wknd. Instead of staying locally, we decided to leave the state and head out to Savannah, GA. It's abt a 4.5 hour drive, close enough if something happens, far enough to feel like we're really getting away.

While Savannah wasn't as *quaint* as we were expecting, we still had a really nice time. It was very laid back; no rushing, nothing specifically planned, just relaxing and enjoying the area. There was a bit of excitement when we had people come into our room around midnight Friday, but I apparently was so exhausted that I slept thru the majority of it! When we first checked in, the guy gave us a room with 2 queen beds, but then asked if we wanted a room with a King bed instead. I told him that would be nice. "I guess I should sleep with my husband since it IS our anniversary." And I think that is where the problem began. I flustered the man so much that when he transferred over our room keys, he never put it in the computer so when this other couple checked in around midnight, they were assigned our same room. The IO went downstairs to let them know somebody tried to get into our room, but that was when he found the couple and the night manager trying to straighten everything out. The couple was SO embarrased and felt so bad disturbing us. The night manager was VERY apologetic. Everything was straightened out, or so we thought, until the IO got back to the room and tried to use the key. It didn't work. When they assigned the room to the other couple, the computer cleared out our keys for the new ones. We fixed those in the AM. (nothing is ever easy)

Thankfully Saturday was much more relaxing than that!! We drove around the Historic Downtown District to get a feel for the area and then parked.

We walked thru some of the Squares

and saw some of the famous sites.

If any of you are fans of the Food Network, you know who Paula Deen is. Her restaurant is near the City Market and we wanted to eat there, but it was closed for the holidays. This made the Rugrats happy since they REALLY want to eat at her restaurant. There are a couple of places they would enjoy so we will be going back with the kids later this year.

After eating a big lunch, we decided to take a guided tour. Meet our tour guide Patrick.

We took a guided tour on a horse drawn trolley. THIS was a LOT of fun. We learned a lot of history and back stories to the different streets, buildings and restaurants we wouldn't have known about otherwise. We also heard a LOT of bad jokes, but a few of them came from the IO and another guy in our group. Once the bad puns started flying, there just was no stopping them!!

Now between all this walking and eating and touring, you KNOW I fit in some shopping!!! I had two places marked that I wanted to go to and they were fairly close together.

First stop, Twiggs.

I'm not really sure what to say about this place. She's been in business for awhile and her website is very inviting, but it's not a shop I would recommend. It was dark and a bit cluttered. She sold mostly needlepoint, but had a few cross stitch pieces on the wall when you walked in. If you wanted to look for something you had to look thru drawers to find it. She used to sell yarn, but said once the Big Box stores opened up, she couldn't move the yarn anymore so she stopped ordering new stuff. She had some Lamb's Pride and a couple of skeins of sock yarn, but nothing called my name so I passed. I did get a small chart of a local lighthouse. I tend to collect small charts from areas that we visit so this was perfect to buy.

A little further down the road, is Wild Fibre. Now this was totally different!!! It was airy and bright and had a nice selection of yarn. She also had her notions on display, and a couple of magazines to choose from. They had some people knitting in the back of the shop and it seemed very friendly and inviting.

What did I get?

I am REALLY looking forward to knitting this up. It feels really soft and I think it will be really nice to work with.

I'm also trying something a bit different for me.

They only had one skein of the green and pink so I got a white one to make a pair of short cuff socks with the green and pink as heel and toe hilites. I *may* call the store to get another white skein AND they had really cute shirts that say Wild Fibre on them with a ball of yarn and two sticks going thru it. Bright colors too. I would definitely go back to this shop the next visit.

I got some knitting done on the drive up and back, but mostly just adding inches to already shown projects so I'm going to wait until it looks significantly bigger or different before I post those updates. I also listened to my Key Lime Pie Murder disks in the car on the way home. The IO said he didn't mind and I got everything but the last disk finished. We were just learning who the killer was when we pulled into the driveway so I'll have to play the rest of it today.

Today we go back to normal, rugrats back in school, the Insane One back to work and me trying to tame the laundry beast.

Who knew he was also a horse whisperer???